Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday Tel Aviv Torah: Torah from Heaven and the Concept of Revelation

The concept of Torah Min Hashamayim, that the Torah is from Heaven, is a central component of Jewish thought and constitutes one of the theological differences between different denominations in Judaism.

Despite this, there are serious disagreements as to what the concept actually means.

This week, we studied sources that suggest different meanings for what the concept could mean, as well as the discussion over what one needs to believe (or not deny) in order to be considered within the boundaries of legitimate Jewish thought.

Click here for the audio recording.

Click here for the
source sheet.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jerusalem Shiur: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

What do the Torah, Talmud & modern Jewish thought have to tell us about the question of evil?

What is the connection between how an individual acts, and what happens to them?

And how involved is God in the bad things that happen in the world?

Click here for the
audio recording. Click here for the source sheet.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Israeli-Palestinian Political Process at York

At the beginning of June, I travelled from London to York University on behalf of the Reut Institute to give a talk about the Israeli-Palestinian political process.

Click here for the talk followed by a question and answer session.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation